Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Crack Open Divergent, Fall For “The Fall” & Craft A Cool Statement Necklace

Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!


  • Fans of classic Hollywood and agonizingly dramatic romances will love Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and The Marriage Of The Century. The co-biography explores Elizabeth and Richard the gifted actors and philanthropists, as well as “Liz & Dick” the tabloid sensation. Forget about that Lindsay Lohan Lifetime original movie — this is the real deal behind her eight marriages, including two to Burton. Packed with intimate details about their love affairs and alcohol abuse (and a surprisingly erotic read), this book made me a diehard Liz Taylor fan … and a romantic. – Jessica
  • I’m really enjoying Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, which follows the lives of a group of friends from art camp as some of them become extremely successful and others languish in their lives and careers. — Julie
  • This week’s Modern Love column in The New York Times brought me to tears. Written by my fellow UC Santa Cruz journalism alum Cris Beam, the essay is about Beam reflecting on adopting a trans teenager, who’s now turning 30. It is beautiful. – Amelia
  • I loved this piece on Jezebel called “When Is It Better Just To STFU?” And that’s all I’ll say about it. — Amelia
  • Oh hell, I give up on trying to resist reading Divergent, the latest dystopian YA series even adults are obsessed with. I suspect I will not come up for air until Tuesday morning. – Amelia


  • I recommend the documentary “After Porn Ends,” streaming now in Netflix, which explores the professional and personal lives of both female and male adult film stars after they leave the industry.   It’s an imperfect doc — they try to cram too many people in, which means that serious issues faced by some folks get glossed over — but it was nevertheless fascinating. – Jessica
  • I just finished watching “The Fall,” a great five-episode BBC series available on Netflix. It stars Jamie Dornan (who looks EXACTLY like my ex-boyfriend) as a serial killer, and Gillian Anderson as the totally rad feminist investigator chasing him. – Julie
  • Looking for a show to binge watch? Oh lucky you, all four seasons of ‘The Good Wife” begin streaming on Hulu Plus today! – Jessica



  • This week marked the year anniversary of the passing of hip-hop producer Chris Lighty. Maybe you don’t know him by name, but you certainly know his music — Tribe Called Quest’s “Oh My God,” LL Cool J’s “Doin’ It,” and Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate,” amongst others. Pay tribute by listening to this awesome tribute mix– Amelia